I’m not going to predict the U.S. House of Representatives is going to flip on Nov. 6 from Republican to Democratic control. I’ll leave that for others.
But if it does …
I’m pretty sure of this circumstance: Democrats who’ll wield the gavel while leading key House committees are going to start setting up hearings involving the president, the Cabinet, the 2016 presidential campaign team and, oh, yeah, some members of the family named Trump.
We’d better get ready for a possible consequence of this midterm election. I suspect this is why politicians and political observers are calling this the most consequential midterm election in anyone’s memory.
This isn’t unprecedented. Republicans opened the congressional hearing floodgates when it concerned Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former Democratic secretary of state who served in President Obama’s first term was examined carefully by the GOP over (a) email use during her time as secretary of state and (b) the Benghazi consulate firefight that killed four individuals, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
I suspect that Democrats who take control of the House next January will discover they, too, have a target-rich environment to examine. They’ll pore over it with the proverbial fine-toothed comb.
Emoluments Clause, anyone? How about the Donald Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia, Saudi Arabia or any other foreign government with possible ties to Donald Trump’s business holdings?
Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be winding down his own investigation into alleged “Russian collusion” involving the 2016 Trump campaign. His findings, once he releases them, are sure to spawn even more questions that Democrats will say they need to explore.
Let us not ignore the possibility of — dare I say it — impeachment hearings. That well might present congressional Democrats with their major concern if they proceed with hearings on whether to impeach the president.
They must not be perceived as looking for an impeachable offense where none exists. Then again, we will have Mueller’s report on the record to digest and to provide serious guidance for potentially the new congressional majority.
This could be fun to watch.